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It may have been during the World Ski and Snowboard Festival, but it was a surf photographer who swept the Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown in Whistler, BC, on Thursday night. Brian Nevins, a New Hampshire-based photographer and contributor to snow and surf magazines around the world, won both the fan favorite and the judge's choice at the elite photography contest. He took home a total of $11,000 and a new Olympus camera.
This story ran over on the snow section, but we definitley had to pick it up this week as Brian Nevins is pretty close to our hearts over here at the surf site. Not only are we constantly blown away by beautiful images of the New England surf and backcountry powder he seems to mysteriously find, but there's always some entertaining coment with it.
Five pro photographer finalists -- Adam Moran, Camilla Stoddart, Jeff Patterson, Scott Serfas, and Nevins -- presented a nine-minute photo slideshow of some of their best images to a sold-out crowd at Whistler's Conference Center.
Whistler pro skier Mike Douglas was the emcee for the evening. "It must feel good, coming in as the out of town guy and becoming the hometown hero," Douglas said when presenting the award to Nevins.
"I'm really humbled right now," Nevins responded. "Some of the names that are here right now, I've looked up to for a long time. But this is nothing in comparison to what I've been able to live through doing this job."